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Mining lesson scheduled at MO Mines State Historic Site

PARK HILLS, MO (KFVS) -

Head to Park Hills, Missouri if you'd like to learn more about the mining history of the state.

Exhibits, presentations and free museum admission will highlight the Old Mine Open House at Missouri Mines State Historic Site.

The open house runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 12 at the museum.

Industrialized lead mining began in Missouri's Old Lead Belt in 1864, just as the Civil War was coming to a close. The open house marks 151 years of mining in the Southeast Missouri Lead District.

Retired Lead Belt miners, millmen and other lead company workers will be honored guests and be on hand to answer questions. They'll also talk about what it was like to work in the lead mines many years ago.

Included in the open house will be a special collection of old miners' lamps, some dating back to the late 18th century. Local mining artifacts, photographs, and paper items will also be displayed.

Admission to the site and its mining and mineral museum will be free during the open house.

Missouri Mines State Historic Site is in Park Hills on the south side of Highway 32 at the Flat River Drive overpass.

For more information about the event call 573-431-6226.

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